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Nasal spray contains a chemical that can inactivate the coronavirus.

The nasal spray contains a chemical that can inactivate the coronavirus spike protein, which was produced by researchers at the University of Helsinki in Finland. TriSb92, the novel molecule, has been demonstrated to protect against coronavirus infection for at least eight hours in cell cultures and animal trials, even in circumstances of high exposure risk.

In contrast to vaccination protection, TriSb92's action begins very immediately after it is given.

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Leading Western experts believed a lab leak in Wuhan was the 'likely' origin of Covid.

New Delhi, Jan 12 (IANS): Leading Western experts believed a lab leak in Wuhan was the 'likely' origin of Covid but were silenced because it could cause harm to Chinese scientists, bombshell emails show, the Daily Mail reported. Sir Jeremy Farrar, who publicly denounced the theory as a 'conspiracy', had admitted in a private email in February 2020 that a 'likely explanation' was that the virus was man-made.

The then-UK government advisor said at the time he was '70:30 or 60:40' in favour of an accidental release versus natural origin, the report said. In the email, sent to American health chiefs Anthony Fauci and Francis Collins, Farrar said it was possible that Covid had been evolved from a Sars-like virus in the lab. He went on that this seemingly benign process may have 'accidentally created a virus primed for rapid transmission between humans'.

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Covid has resulted in significant liver damage in some cases.

According to a new study done by academics at the University of Tennessee, up to 11% of Covid-19 users had liver co-morbidities.

During the course of the disease, 14% to 53% of people had higher levels of liver enzymes such alanine aminotransferase (ALT) and aspartate aminotransferase (AST). Increased levels of liver enzymes may indicate that a person's liver has been damaged, at least briefly. Covid has resulted in significant liver damage in some cases. Swelling of the liver, jaundice (yellow discoloration of the eyes and urine), and failure of liver function tests are the most prevalent.

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Modern survey technologies like Electronic Total Station (ETS) and Differential Global Positioning System (DGPS) were used in the survey

The Defence Ministry, which has conducted the first-ever digital survey and documentation of its lakhs of acres of its land holdings across the country, has now begun specialised training for capacity-building of technical personnel and officers of the Defence Estates Organisation, to protect its land from encroachment or other misuses, officials said. Modern survey technologies like Electronic Total Station (ETS) and Differential Global Positioning System (DGPS) were used in the survey, and to further speed up the process, drone and satellite imagery were leveraged for reliable, robust and time-bound outcomes.

"The entire exercise of survey of about 1.61 lakh acres of defence land inside cantonments and 16.17 lakh acres outside cantonments (total 17.78 lakh acres) survey has been completed. It is a remarkable achievement since, for the first time after independence, entire defence land has been surveyed by using latest survey technology and in a large number of pockets in association with the revenue authorities of various state governments. The magnitude of land holding, location of land in approximately 4,900 pockets across the country, inaccessible terrain in many places and association of various stakeholders makes this survey one of the largest land surveys in the country," the Defence Ministry said.

Online Survey Icon or logo The Defence Ministry, which has conducted the first-ever digital survey and documentation of its lakhs of acres of its land holdings across the country. | Wikimedia Commons

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